Surprise Wedding

Surprise Wedding

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Surprise Wedding

This started as an engagement party with the story being that this was the last time you could see Cheryl and Steven before they eloped somewhere for a destination elopement.

Cheryl and Steven told me they didn’t want to decide who to invite and who not to invite to their wedding. So instead they invited everyone to their “engagement party”.

They threw tradition to the wind and made wedding planning their own!

We started with a first look and bride and groom portraits on a separate day so as to not be rushed or more importantly, blow their cover on the day of the “engagement party”. It was an absolutely wonderful way to do things!

Then fast forward to the “engagement party”. Guests arrived to Easy Bistro in cocktail attire and casually visited with friends. I worried I might say something, or just by being there might give something away.

You’ll want to scroll down to see the reactions from guests when Cheryl walked back in in her wedding dress and it turned into a surprise wedding ceremony!!

bride walking up to groom on Walnut street bridge in Chattanooga

guy smiling insuit and tie

groom admiring bride's dress


wedding portraits on the walnut street bridge in Chattanooga

two people jumping wearing wedding clothes on the bluewalnut street bridge

white garden rose wedding bouquet

two peoplein white lace wedding dress and blue suit walking on bridge in Chattanooga

bridewearingeverafter bridal dress

man inblue suit andblue background

hunter museum with two people running in front of it

couplesitting on the steps at Hunter Muesum in Chattanooga

Part II The Surprise Wedding

Exterior of EasyBistroon Broad ST in Chattanooga

the bar with tall cross backed chairs


coctail hour hors d'oeuvres

bride entering room andguests reacting in surprise

the surprise wedding ceremony

guest reactions to a surprise wedding

Surprise wedding portraits out in front of EasyBistro in Chattanooga

bride and friends standing on steps at Easy Bistro on Broad st Chattanooga

groom and friends on seteps at Easy Bistro in Chattanooga

dinner menu at Easy Bistro

Part III Reception at Home

After dinner everyone came to their house for the reception.

backyard sparkler fun

people outside sitting around a fire

two peopledancing in the dark on their back porch

two people with their dogs


Thanks to everyone who  helped make this day so much fun!

Venue: Easy Bistro

Dress: Ever After Bridal

Flowers: Michelle of  LeFluer Diva

Coordinating: Sidney of Maggie Walker Weddings

Solo pianist:

Videographey: Rob Welton

Invitations: Zazzle

Hair and make up: Nico’s salon

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